PbTe nanocrystals were synthesized and then reacted with a toluene solution containing AuCl3. Depending on the reaction conditions and on the starting PbTe nanocrystals morphology, different kinds of nanostructures have been obtained: single defect-free PbTe nanocrystals with and without an external amourphous oxide shell, crystalline-Au core/amorphous PbxTeyAuz shell structure, large balloon-shaped (or mushroom-shaped) Au domain attached via its apex to the surface of the nanocrystals. Structure and composition of these different types of nanostructure have been studied by means of Cs-corrected High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) together with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (EDX), respectively. These nanostructures have been found sensitive to the high-intensity electron beam and its effect has been investigated. Microsc. Res. Tech. 73:944-951, 2010.
- Cs-corrected high resolution transmission electron microscopy
- Energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry
- Quantum dots
- Scanning transmission electron microscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medical Laboratory Technology